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Bravo is saying Bonjour to Paris in its latest reality series to go international.
Real Girlfriends in Paris sees six American ex-pats – Anya Firestone, Emily Gorelik, Margaux Lignel, Kacey Margo, Adja Toure, and Victoria Zito – working, living and loving in the City of Lights.
In an exclusive chat with DailyMail.com, stars Anya and Emily, dished on season one and revealed the NSFW shock they weren’t expecting when they moved to Paris.
Bonjour! In an exclusive chat with DailyMail.com, Real Girlfriends in Paris stars Anya and Emily, dished on season one and revealed the NSFW shock they weren’t expecting when they moved to Paris (L-R Anya Firestone, Emily Gorelik)
Real Girlfriends in Paris will give an unparalleled look at what it’s really like for young American women living abroad in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Castmates Emily and Anya promise that the series won’t be your friend’s Instagrammable Parisian vacation come to life, nor will it be the table-flipping-tiki-torch-tossing-prosthetic-leg-throwing chaos of Real Housewives.
‘This is a different type of reality show in that it’s actually real,’ Anya Firestone says.
‘I am very excited for my family and friends to actually see what I get up to here in Paris,’ Emily Gorelik adds.
Nouveau: Real Girlfriends in Paris sees six American ex-pats – Anya Firestone, Emily Gorelik, Margaux Lignel, Kacey Margo, Adja Toure, and Victoria Zito – working, living and loving in the City of Lights
Oui, oui! Castmates Emily and Anya promise that the series won’t be your friend’s Instagrammable Parisian vacation come to life, nor will it be the table-flipping-tiki-torch-tossing-prosthetic-leg-throwing chaos of Real Housewives
‘There is a whole stereotype of me on social media,’ she continues. ‘Living her best life, like she’s living on vacation for the past few years in Paris… I think that the show gives more depth to me and shows what I’m actually getting up to.’
Anya emerges in season one of Real Girlfriends in Paris as the defacto leader of the group – a bit like an impeccably dressed big sister who is there to dole out wisdom on everything from fine French artwork to fine French cheeses.
A born and bred New Yorker, Anya has fully enmeshed herself into Parisian culture and even found herself a fantastique French fiancé, Mathieu.
‘I don’t miss America,’ she quips.
Coifed from head to toe, Anya doesn’t seem the type to ever be caught embracing the American custom of grabbing your morning Starbucks in sweatpants – and she seems to ensure her fellow Girlfriends wouldn’t either. 
‘There is a whole stereotype of me on social media,’ she continues. ‘Living her best life, like she’s living on vacation for the past few years in Paris… I think that the show gives more depth to me and shows what I’m actually getting up to.’
Paris at it’s finest: Anya emerges in season one of Real Girlfriends in Paris as the defacto leader of the group – a bit like an impeccably dressed big sister who is there to dole out wisdom on everything from fine French artwork to fine French cheeses
Becoming one with Parisian culture did take some getting used to, however, for both girls. As for the biggest culture shock? ‘Foreskin,’ Anya blurts out.
‘It’s really true!’ Emily enthusiastically concurs through a fit of giggles. ‘Especially for two Jewish girls’.
Gorelik, a real life Emily in Paris, has been living in France for three years and came to the country through a study abroad program at NYU. 
She admits that the language barrier is her biggest struggle: ‘That’s the thing I’m struggling with even to this day. After a few drinks it definitely clicks.’
Aside from expected issues with language and culture barriers, the cast will deal with learning how to be vulnerable when it comes to love and lust in front of the cameras.
Becoming one with Parisian culture did take some getting used to, however, for both girls. As for the biggest culture shock? ‘Foreskin,’ Anya blurts out
Parisians ‘value the pleasures’ in life, Anya explained. ‘The city prides itself on its culture – it’s like ‘well this is how it was’ – sometimes that’s charming and sometimes it’s really difficult.’
Anya teases that some tension arises this season with her fiancé’s attempt to change careers. The quest proves difficult in Paris where there is much less of the ‘hustle’ mentality that American work culture embraces.
‘It’s something that I am proud of sharing,’ Emily says of the show. ‘Not everybody can do what me – or what most of us girls have done – which is, have [it] in you to pick up or make the decision to say ‘Hey, I’m gonna move to pairs, I’m gonna make this my home no matter what it takes.’
Real Girlfriends in Paris premieres Monday, September 5 at 9:15PM ET/PT.
Tune in: Real Girlfriends in Paris premieres Monday, September 5 at 9:15PM ET/PT
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